A forced marriage is where one or both people do not consent to the marriage and pressure or abuse from friends and family members is used. It is recognised in the UK as a form of violence against women and men, domestic or child abuse, and a serious abuse of human rights.
Threats can be physical, emotional and psychological. Financial abuse is also sometimes used, by taking away a person’s wages or financial independence they are left with very few options.
If you are worried about the above you can contact the Forced Marriage Unit on 0207 008 0151 between 9-5 pm Monday to Friday. Outside of working hours you can contact the Global Response Centre on 0207 008 1500.
For more information and guidance about Forced Marriage visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/forced-marriage